Happy over FIFA U17 World Cup preparations: Ceppi

first_imgMumbai, Dec 19 (PTI) Tournament Director of next years FIFA Under 17 World Cup to be hosted by India, Javier Ceppi, today expressed his happiness about the way things were moving ahead in the preparation of the tournament.”They (preparations) are coming along (well). Work is happening in all the venues,” said Ceppi here today, adding work that was stopped due to the conduct of Indian Super League, has restarted at all the venues.”We are confident and happy about how things are moving. Things are in motion and I hope they get into momentum,” Ceppi told reporters after a tie-up was announced with Bank of Baroda for the tournament.”We have less than 10 months left (for the tournament to commence). This is huge (tie-up with Bank of Baroda). This is the first one for our event,” he commented about an Indian bank joining hands with the world football body for a junior event.The U17 World Cup is scheduled to be held from October 6-28 and the matches are to held in Navi Mumbai, Goa, New Delhi, Guwahati, Kochi and Kolkata.Ceppi was impressed with the facilities at the Dr D Y Patil Sports Stadium in Navi Mumbai, set to host a few games.”D Y Patil and Vijay (Patil) are always extremely supportive and huge partners of us. They have done all that was required and they are planning to do more. The (DY Patil) stadium has good bucket seats, but they want to change them.”They say for the World Cup they want to show a new facility. They have already done up their dressing rooms. We are happy with how the facilities are in Navi Mumbai and its moving along quite well,” Ceppi said.advertisement”For the World Cup, unlike for other events, security is a complete responsibility of the state and local forces, which makes it a little bit different. Its not so dependent on financiers or private security coming in or not (coming in),” he remarked when queried over the security set-up for the event.”The security forces of the state will be in charge. We have spoken with everybody and all the police forces. They are organised and have plans in place,” he added. PTI NRB SSR NRBlast_img read more

Advocates to boycott court tomorrow in support of jallikattu

first_imgChennai, Jan 19 (PTI) The Madras High Court Advocates Association today announced boycott of the courts tomorrow in support of state wide protests demanding a lifting ban on Jallikattu. President of the Association G Mohanakrishnan, however, made it clear that the boycott was not against Supreme Courts order banning the bull taming sport but only against PETA, which is opposing sport. A section of lawyers also held a procession outside the High Court raising slogans against PETA. PTI CORR RClast_img

French Open: Danger at every corner for world no. 1 Simona Halep

first_imgEven Agatha Christie would have struggled to hatch a plot as thick as this year’s French Open women’s singles with world number one Simona Halep attempting to finally win a grand slam with danger lurking everywhere.The Romanian twice Roland Garros runner-up may be the number one seed but predicting who will be last woman standing in a wide-open draw is akin to Russian Roulette.Right from the off the drama will unfold with a first-round clash between 2016 champion and third seed Garbine Muguruza and 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova — a match that will set the tone for what promises to be a compelling women’s tournament.Experienced duo Petra Kvitova, twice a Wimbledon champion, and second seed Caroline Wozniacki, who claimed her maiden grand slam in Australia at the start of the year, will both see this as an opportunity to make a mark on clay.Then there is in-form Rome champion Elina Svitolina, big-hitting Karolina Pliskova and fearless young Russian Daria Kasatkina, not forgetting reigning champion Jelena Ostapenko who blazed to a shock title a year ago and is in menacing form.But that is just part of the story.What of Russian former champion Maria Sharapova, playing at her first French Open since returning from a doping ban.And, of course, there is 23-times grand slam champion Serena Williams lurking unseeded in the draw with a ranking of 453 and playing her first slam tournament since returning from giving birth to her daughter last September.She has not played a competitive match since March so victory for the 36-year-old American would surely crown anything she has achieved so far in her incredible career.advertisement”You wouldn’t think (she can win title) with no claycourt matches, you wouldn’t think so on paper, what with giving birth and not playing many matches,” seven-times Roland Garros champion Chris Evert told Reuters in an interview.”But she has those intangibles that a champion has. Once a champion always a champion. She has the mentality and the head. It’s just a matter of can she get the body back. It would be miraculous but if anybody can pull it off it’s her.” SHARAPOVA RETURNSSharapova has endured a rocky road since coming back a year ago. The French Open declined to give her a wildcard, she missed Wimbledon with injury and made the last 16 at the U.S. Open and this year’s Australian Open.She failed to win a match between January and May but after a run to the Rome semi-finals the 31-year-old arrives in Paris looking a little more like her old self.”She has a shot for sure,” said Evert. “She knows she can win it and knows she is mentally tougher than most.”A Halep triumph would be the popular choice for many.She looked poised to get her hands on the Suzanne Lenglen Cup a year ago when she led Latvian firebrand Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 but her dream faded under a barrage of winners.This year the 26-year-old slogged her way to the Australian Open final but ran out of gas on a steamy Melbourne night — losing to Wozniacki.Evert fears their might be more heartache in store.”I think if she can keep it together mentally she would be my favourite but the problem with Halep is that because of her build and style she has to work so hard for every point,” Evert said.”She needs to have some easy matches for her to be able to win the tournament I think.”last_img read more

9 months agoArsenal demand major fee from Juventus for Ramsey Jan move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal demand major fee from Juventus for Ramsey Jan moveby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are demanding a major fee from Juventus if they want to sign Aaron Ramsey this month.The Mirror says Arsenal have told Juventus that it will cost them £18m to sign Ramsey this month.The Gunners are refusing to allow Ramsey to leave on the cheap during the transfer window, even though the Wales star has already agreed to join perennial Serie A champions Juve when his contract expires at the end of the season.Arsenal boss Unai Emery has said there is no money for permanent buys this month only loans, but believes it will leave his squad stretched if he allows the 28-year-old to move to Italy without a replacement midfielder being brought in.And with Juventus pushing to recruit Ramsey now to boost their chances of winning an eighth successive title and lifting the Champions League again, the Gunners have slapped a high price on the player’s head. last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Names The CFB Playoff Committee’s “Armageddon” Scenario

first_imgkirk herbstreit looking very tan at the nfl draftThe third College Football Playoff rankings for the 2018 season were revealed on Tuesday night. Although there was no change in the top-10 of the rankings, there was significant upheaval from No. 11-No. 25.After the rankings were revealed, Kirk Herbstreit and the ESPN panel of college football experts broke down the action. With little change at the top of the rankings, Herbie was asked what the nightmare scenario would be for the playoff committee.Herbstreit revealed the “Armageddon” scenario for the committee:Alabama loses to Georgia in the SEC title game.This is a popular doomsday scenario when talking about the potential playoff foursome this year. Assuming Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Georgia win-out, and Alabama loses to Georgia in the SEC title game, there will be four spots for five deserving programs.Who gets in? We’ll have to wait to find out.There’s also a chance this scenario never happens. Michigan travels to Ohio State to end its regular season and a win over the Buckeyes isn’t guaranteed – despite the team’s struggles this season.These things have a way of working themselves out.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Hardik Pandya a natural talent and a match-winner: Ravi Shastri

first_imgHardik Pandya a natural talent and a match-winner: Ravi ShastriIndia tour of New Zealand 2019: Head coach Ravi Shastri also heaped praise on pacer Mohammed Shami, who won the Man of the Series Award for picking up nine wickets in four matches for the visitors.advertisement India Today Web Desk WellingtonFebruary 3, 2019UPDATED: February 3, 2019 19:45 IST India tour of New Zealand: Hardik Pandya picked up two wickets and hit a 22-ball 45 in India’s 35-run win in Wellington (Twitter Photo)Brief Scores: India (252-all out) beat New Zealand (217-all out) by 35 runs in Wellington. James Neesham 44; Yuzvendra Chahal (3/41) (SCORECARD)India head coach Ravi Shastri highlighted the importance of having a “naturally talented” player in Hardik Pandya in the side after the all-rounder came up with a match-winning performance in the fifth ODI vs New Zealand in Wellington on Sunday.Ravi Shastri pointed out that the way Hardik Pandya had come back into the team after his suspension over controversial comments on Koffee With Karan and made an immediate impact with both the bat and the ball was impressive.Hardik struck a 22-ball 45, including five sixes and two boundaries, as he helped India finish with a flourish and post 252 at Westpac Stadium. The all-rounder returned to hurt the New Zealand batsmen with the ball, picking up two wickets in his eight-over spell as India clinched a 4-1 series win against the Black Caps on Sunday.Hardik, who was suspended and sent back home from Australia last month, had made an immediate impact on his competitive comeback as he had picked up two wickets and took a brilliant catch to dismiss New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in India’s 7-wicket win in Mount Maunganui last week.”And it was great to see Hardik, the way he came back. He’s a natural talent, he is a match-winner. And he showed what he can do today with the bat. Those 20-30 runs made all the difference today,” Shastri told Star Sports.Shami was hurt when he was dropped from the side: Ravi Shastriadvertisement Ravi Shastri also heaped praise on Mohammed Shami, saying the India pacer has improved leap and bounds in the last few months. Shami was dropped from the team for a one-off Test against Afghanistan last year after he failed to clear the much-talked-about yo-yo endurance test.Ever since Shami has played a key role in India’s success across all formats of the game. The right-arm pacer, who picked up 16 wickets in India’s 2-1 Test series win in Australia, has certainly put himself in contention for a World Cup spot with his consistent performances in white-ball cricket in Australia and New Zealand.”I thought we batted well in the top-order in the first three games. But one man, if I have to single out, over the last five months [that stood out] is the man who won the Man of the Series today [Mohammed Shami],” Shastri added.He added: “It hurt him when he got the kick up the backside and was dropped from the side after failing the yo-yo test. He went back, did the hard yards, and across all formats, he has been simply outstanding. And right through the series, he has given us those early breakthroughs.”Very impressive [Shami’s pace]. He was right up there when it came to pace and the spinners supported him well. You can’t take away the contribution of Kuldeep and Chahal in al these one-day games.”Looks like the “JOSH” in the squad is “HIGH SIR” ‘HOWS THE JOSH’ – @vickykaushal09 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/bzsB5EelBd BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019Shastri mighty impressed with India’s middle-orderShastri also conceded that India’s top three Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are bound to fail once in a while but insisted that the way the middle-order, especially Ambati Rayudu learnt from his mistake after the humiliation in Hamilton, was pleasing.”This was the best game of the five matches. I thought we really competed well from 18/4 to win the game. Rayudu, in particular. He batted like a millionaire in the last game. He was told to apply himself as he did in the middle today. It’s very commendable,” Shastri said.”You’re bound to lose a couple of wickets every now and then. You can’t expect them to keep getting you off to starts. There could be days like the last two where you lost the top-order pretty early. That’s the time you have got to show your maturity. You have got to stick around there, respect the conditions and bowlers like Trent Boult in that spell. See him through.”That’s exactly what they did today. Then slowly the runs will start coming on the board. Vijay Shankar, in that partnership, showed great composure. He came across as a bloke with a very good temperament, which is very good for us.”India have a total of 10 international matches before the Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England. The Asian giants will stay in New Zealand for a three-match T20I series, starting February 6, after which they will host Australia in a limited-over series.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli on India’s 4-1 series win vs New Zealand: Shows our characterAlso Read | Kane Williamson gracious in defeat: India a world-class side, deserve series winAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Don’t think setting targets has ever been an issue, says RayuduAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Ravi ShastriFollow India vs New ZealandFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow Cricket World Cup 2019last_img read more

MS Dhoni-Stephen Fleming best captain-coach combo in the world: Shane Watson

first_img Indo-Asian News Service ChennaiAugust 15, 2019UPDATED: August 15, 2019 13:56 IST Stephen Fleming has been the head coach of Chennai Super Kings. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShane Watson said to be able to know MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming has been one of the highlights of his careerWatson plays for Chennai Super Kings in IPL under the leadership of MS DhoniThe Australia continues to play in T20 league after announcing international retirementOne of the biggest stars in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Shane Watson has been pleasantly surprised by the kind of platform that young players in Tamil Nadu are being provided through the Tamil Nadu Twenty20 Premier League. The all-rounder feels that it is one of the best in the world.Speaking on his first impression of the TNPL, Watson said: “I’m really blown away at how incredibly well-organised the tournament is. The quality of cricket is of a high standard. It’s just a great launching pad for these young cricketers in Tamil Nadu to be able to show their skills. It’s inspiring hopefully for the next generation to realise that there’s an opportunity available and if you love what you do and work very hard. So, I think it’s a great way to make youngsters understand it’s within reach to achieve your dreams.”Watson feels that even with Chennai Super Kings (CSK), it is all about smooth management and credit for that goes to the trio of N. Srinivasan, skipper M.S. Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming.”My experience with Chennai Super Kings has been very special and welcoming. I’ve played a lot of leagues for franchises around the world, whether that’s here in India or other parts of the world. There’s no doubt that CSK is a very slick operation with how it is run, on and off the field. And everything comes down to the leaders, with how Mr. N Srinivasan, how he allows the team to be run by the franchise; with MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming, who I believe are the best captain-coach combination in the world.advertisement”Obviously, they have a lot of history with working together as well, it is an amazing dynamic these guys have got and they know how to get the best of all the players around them. And also the coaching staff. So, it is really a privilege to be able to play for CSK. I have had an amazing time in the last couple of years. We’ve had a lot of success as well, which is a nice bonus. There aren’t any secret theories as to why they are so successful. It’s just because it’s such a great franchise and such a great operation,” he said.Watson said that the love for the game has kept him going even post retirement as he plays in various T20 leagues across the world.”The love for the game keeps me going. I absolutely love playing, I love the opportunities that I have had throughout my career to be able to play for the teams that I have had and now to continue playing for some awesome franchise and awesome tournaments as well. So for me I still love the challenge of playing, I am still definitely learning all the time. I love the challenges. To be able to get to know Dhoni and Fleming is certainly one of the highlights of my career across any team I have played yet,” he explained.Asked if he feels that the Aussies can make it 2-0 in the Ashes, Watson said: “That’s wishful thinking. It’s so incredibly hard to be able win away from home. It’s not just the Ashes, for most teams winning away is looking impossible now. So for us to get off to such a great start, winning the first Test match it’s been amazing, especially Steve Smith. For him to come straightback in and hit the ground sprinting and single-handedly get Australia that win is incredible. England, can be pretty good at panicking at certain times, it’s going to be a true test of what their make up’s like as a team after their World Cup win and how they are able to bring things together and turn it around quickly.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Indian Premier LeagueFollow IPL 2019Follow MS Dhoni MS Dhoni-Stephen Fleming best captain-coach combo in the world: Shane WatsonShane Watson appreciated smooth management at IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and credited the trio of N. Srinivasan, skipper M S Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming for it.advertisementlast_img read more

ExBloc Quebecois leader Michel Gauthier joining Conservative party

first_imgSAINT-HYACINTHE, – The Conservative Party of Canada announced Saturday it had recruited former Bloc Quebecois leader Michel Gauthier, as the party continues its efforts to make inroads in Quebec.Gauthier told a meeting of the federal party’s Quebec wing that he had concluded that “there was never a conflict of jurisdiction with the governments of Quebec,” under the Conservative governments led by Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney.“It’s the political party that’s the closest to Quebec nationalists, the most sensitive to Quebec,” he said as he arrived at the general council meeting in Saint-Hyacinthe, about 60 kilometres east of Montreal.“And it’s also a new party, with a new leader, a new team a new program, and a new government,” he said. “And I want to work for that.”The former MP said he’s no longer a sovereigntist and believes the Conservative party is the best one to serve Quebec’s interests.Gauthier was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993 and led the Bloc Quebecois from 1996 to 1997 at a time when the party formed the official Opposition.He continued to occupy a prominent role in the party before leaving politics in 2007.He said he won’t run in the next federal election, but will lend a hand to the party’s candidates in Quebec.The announcement follows the resignation of seven of the Bloc Quebecois’ 10 MPs, who quit the sovereigntist party in February over differences with leader Martine Ouellet.It also comes as the Conservative party, which is hosting its first national council in Quebec, has been reaching out to members of other parties as it seeks to grow its presence in the province.In a speech Saturday, former Conservative cabinet minister Lawrence Cannon, who has also served as Canada’s ambassador to France, invited party members to “extend a hand” to NDP sympathizers as well as members of other political formations.“Our party will never be a sovereigntist party or a socialist party, but it should always be an open party,” he told the general council.One of those being courted by the party is the well-known mayor of Trois-Rivieres, Yves Levesque, who said Saturday that he was seriously considering whether to make the leap to federal politics.But Brigitte Sansoucy, the current NDP MP for the Saint-Hyacinthe region, said she wasn’t intimidated by the Conservative troops landing on her doorstep, nor was she convinced that the party had changed under the leadership of Andrew Scheer.“What I see in the House, every day, is the same Conservative party that we saw during the 10 years of Harper, the same positions,” Sansoucy said.“Again this week, it was blatant,” she said, referring to a Conservative Manitoba MP who caused an uproar in the House when he called out that abortion was not a right.Scheer has said he is personally against abortion, but has promised he won’t reopen the debate if he is elected prime minister — similar to the approach taken by Harper.The Conservatives jumped from seven to 12 seats in Quebec in the 2015 election, despite Harper’s unpopularity.To boost that number in 2019, Scheer has made several visits to the province as part of a promotion strategy that included an appearance on the popular French-language TV show “Tout le monde en parle.”last_img read more

Progress Energy compressor sale to see increased truck traffic on Airport Road

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Progress Energy says that motorists on Airport Road might see an increase in truck traffic in the area of its yard over the next week after the company sold some surplus inventory.A Progress Energy spokeswoman said the company sold a number of its older compressors to another company, with plans to purchase newer equipment in the near future. The spokeswoman said that the compressors are being disassembled at Progress’ yard across from the CN Rail yard, before begin trucked out of Fort St. John.The spokeswoman added that the trucks are being staged in an area clear of traffic to avoid disruptions.last_img

Jet’s lenders to get bids verified, open to joint bid

first_imgMumbai: Grounded Jet Airways’ lenders plan to get all bids legally verified before beginning negotiations with interested parties.According to informed sources, lenders have a limited number of options to recover their outstanding dues worth Rs 8,400 crore. They might also try to stitch a deal involving two bidding parties.”We will first get all (solicited and unsolicited) bids legally verified and after that we will invite the selected parties on to the negotiating table,” a senior banker told IANS in Mumbai. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”We can also explore a way to bring two bidding parties together, whereby both will work with lenders.”Another source involved in the matter said: “If the process to find a suitable bidder fails, then the other options will be DRT (Debt Recovery Tribunal) and NCLT.”When asked about the sudden exodus of the company’s top management and lenders view on the same, the senior banker said: “It is for the owners of the airline to decide about appointments. We are not the part of any controlling entity.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenOn Tuesday, an exodus of senior management personnel took place, as the airline’s CEO, CFO and Company Secretary resigned.The resignations came after the airline’s top executive Gaurang Shetty, considered close to founder Naresh Goyal, resigned from the board of directors.Having run out of cash, Jet Airways suspended its operations on April 17. Besides employees exiting, its aircraft are also being gradually de-registered. These events have added to the growing uncertainty about airline’s revival. Lenders of Jet Airways led by state-run State Bank of India (SBI) are currently in the process of selling the airline to recover their dues of over Rs 8,400 crore.Private equity firm TPG Capital, Indigo Partners, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and Etihad Airways had been shortlisted to place their bids after they submitted Expressions of Interest (EoIs).On May 10 — the last date for submitting the binding bids — only Etihad gave its offer. The other three bids for the airline were unsolicited.Faced with salary delays and uncertainty over revival of the airline, thousand of Jet Airways employees, especially pilots and engineers, have left the company to join rival carriers.last_img read more

Experts urge buyers to take precautions when buying used cars and trucks

July Ono had been buying used cars online for years without problems.So she was stunned when she got a panicked phone call three years ago from a friend saying the Jeep Ms. Ono bought a month earlier was being towed away by a bailiff.In hindsight, Ms. Ono says she had been suspicious of the tall, charming stranger who had posted his car for sale on Craigslist.“I was sitting there going, July, there’s just something wrong with this person,” said the 50-year-old real estate investment adviser. “But I just couldn’t figure out what it was.”She took the vehicle for a test drive and had it inspected at a dealership. Everything seemed to be in working order.It was only when Ms. Ono got the late-night call while out of town on business that she discovered the seller had used it as collateral on a loan a month earlier.Online car classifieds can offer convenience and bargain prices, but experts recommend taking precautions to protect yourself from scammers and “curbsiders,” full-time fraud artists pretending to be private sellers.About one in five Canadians who buy or sell used cars online encounter scammers or fraud, according to a recent report by the Automobile Consumer Coalition.Out of more than 1,000 people polled, 13% said they were contacted by fraudulent buyers who offered to overpay for their car with a phoney cheque, asking the seller to refund the difference.Another 12% came across listings posted by suspected curbsiders.Yet 76% of respondents said they weren’t worried about fraud.Online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population, according to the polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association.Approximately 600,000 of the three million used cars that Canadians buy and sell each year are sold on sites like Craigslist and Kijiji, according to research compiled by the coalition.“This problem is going to get worse and worse,” said Mohamed Bouchama, director of the Toronto-based consumer advocacy group.“More people are using the Internet because of the convenience. Lots of people don’t want to go visit five, six, seven dealerships.”George Iny, director of the Automobile Protection Association, recommends looking for mid-priced cars rather than going for the cheapest one listed when you’re shopping for used vehicles.“Don’t be a price junkie,” said Mr. Iny. “The seller always knows more than you. If the car is priced below market, it’s almost always for a reason.”Buying junk will often cost you more in the long run, as you foot the bill for pricey repairs.“The cost of taking something that’s in average condition and making it good condition is higher than the premium you’d pay just to buy the same vehicle in good condition,” said Mr. Iny.When buying a used car, Mr. Iny and Mr. Bouchama both recommend getting it inspected before you fork over the cash. You can either take the vehicle to a garage, or look for a mobile inspector who will come to you.Always ask to see the vehicle ownership and the seller’s driver’s licence to make sure the names match, said Mr. Bouchama.Check the car’s history, which will show you how many times the car transferred ownership, if it was a write-off or if it’s been in a major accident.Mr. Bouchama suggests buying from a dealer because of the added level of accountability. But if you’re going to do so, Mr. Iny recommends keeping a sharp eye out for hidden fees.Provincial laws in Ontario, Quebec, B.C. and Alberta require all-in pricing, but violations do occur.“The advantage of the dealers is that if there is a problem, there’s somebody you can sue,” said Mr. Iny.“A private seller may not be around, or you won’t find them if they’re a curber.”If you’re selling your car online, be very cautious any time someone offers more than the car is worth, said Mr. Bouchama.He also recommends taking a bank draft or cash — never certified cheques because they’re easily forged.Consider setting up a temporary email and phone number to conduct the sale, and always bring someone with you when meeting a potential buyer.“You never know who you’re dealing with,” said Mr. Bouchama. “There are some scary people out there, especially if you have a very nice car to sell.”An extreme example is the recent death of a 32-year-old Ontario man who was killed after he took two men for a test drive in the Dodge Ram truck he was selling.Despite the fact that the Internet is an accessible platform for scammers and fraud artists, it also provides consumers with a wealth of information.“If you want to know how much to pay, the Internet has really empowered buyers,” said Mr. Iny. “It’s made experts out of amateurs.” read more

Scotland Police defend contract with Sri Lankan Police

The Scotland Police have defended a contract it has with the Sri Lankan Police despite concerns raised by human rights groups.A reply to a freedom of information request by Police Scotland noted that its international contracts in 2017 included a training programme in Sri Lanka, a state accused of gross human rights abuses including Police torture, The Ferret reported. The FoI reply said that Scots officers were sent to Jamaica and Sri Lanka to train their respective police forces, two projects criticised by human groups. In reply, however, Superintendent Shaun McKillop of Police Scotland, said he fully acknowledged such concerns but added that not to engage with these nations would mean having no influence over improving the situation in the future.“Sri Lanka remains one of the key places for the UK government, so we continue to work for them through the conflict, stability and security fund,” McKillop said. “We’ve done some work for the UK government in Pakistan, looking at crime investigation in the Punjab. We’ve also worked for the Scottish Government in Malawi and Zambia.” When asked why state torture remains a problem in Sri Lanka nearly a decade after Police Scotland began its work there, McKillop said it was important to keep engaging with the country. Freedom from Torture (FfT) – a charity that treats torture survivors from Sri Lanka in Scotland – said it was concerned there was a “lack of focus on human rights issues, especially torture prevention”.Ann Hannah, of FfT, said torture continues to be a problem in Sri Lanka. She added: “Recent public threats by the Sri Lankan defence attaché in London suggest that there is a culture of impunity that remains unchallenged.“Without reforming the structures that have allowed torture to continue and signalling publicly that this is an essential pillar of engagement, this sends a message to perpetrators that they can continue to act without consequence.” The Ferret requested information (FoI) on training Police Scotland provided to other countries last year, both here and abroad, plus details of projects with private organisations. He said: “The British High Commission review our training on a regular basis, as well as our own monitoring. We are continuing to work with them and to press them. I understand the concerns, we absolutely understand the concerns, and have regular conversation with the British High Commission and Sri Lankan Police about these concerns.“Because we are working with them, we are able to have these conversations with them. It’s not ideal but we will continue to work and do what we can to improve that situation.” read more

Canada looks to reach semifinals at FIFA U17 World Cup for first

Follow @NeilMDavidson on TwitterNeil Davidson, The Canadian Press Buoyed by the return of captain Jordyn Huitema from suspension, Canada is looking to reach uncharted territory at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup this weekend.The Canadians, who have never made it to the final four of the tournament, take on Germany on Sunday in the quarterfinals in Montevideo, Uruguay.Canada lost in the quarterfinals in 2014, 2012 and 2008, when it was beaten 3-1 by Germany. Canada (2-1-0) drew Germany (2-1-0) as its opponent after losing its final round-robin game 5-0 to Spain (3-0-0) on Wednesday. That dropped it into second spot in Group D. Germany then blanked the U.S. 4-0 to finish atop Group C, setting up the final-eight showdown with the Canadians. “We didn’t have a great game. There’s no way of hiding that,” Canada coach Rhian Wilkinson said of the loss to Spain. “I think we learned a lot about ourselves and how we react when things are not going our way. Having a connected team is easy when things are going well.”“What I’m very proud of is that we are 21 strong,” she added.Twenty of Canada’s 21-woman roster saw action in the group phase, with only goalkeeper Sophie Guilmette yet to get on the field.The other quarterfinals are Spain versus North Korea, Japan versus New Zealand and Ghana versus Mexico.Huitema, Canada’s star striker, says she is expecting a “big battle” against the Germans.“Our team is gritty and ruthless and we’re ready for the fight,” she said. “I think we’re all super-excited.”The skipper was sent off in Canada’s 2-0 win over South Korea for an elbow during an aerial challenge. Ariel Young served as skipper in Huitema’s absence against Spain.“When you’re watching your team fight so hard in a game, it’s hard to sit in the stands,” said Huitema, who said the elbow was accidental. “I did as much as I possibly could to get my vocals across the field.”It was the first red card of the 17-year-old’s career.Wilkinson says her team is special on and off the field, noting its journey to Uruguay was anything but routine.The Canadians had to be evacuated out of Nicaragua in April after CONCACAF, the governing body of soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, pulled the plug on its regional qualifying tournament due to violence in the capital city Managua. Play resumed some 45 days later in Florida with Canada scoring in the 79th minute of the third-place game against Haiti to qualify for the World Cup.Wilkinson, an assistant coach during qualifying, took over the squad when head coach Bev Priestman left to join the English women’s team. Several regional coaches also left in Vancouver.“It’s been hard,” said Wilkinson, who won 181 caps for Canada as a player.“They’ve had to work for everything,” she added. “We didn’t have any camps before I (took over) the team. They had to impress me in their home environments. It was a unique pathway to get here.“They’re all very grateful, as well, to be here. It was never a right given to them. They had to earn it. And they appreciate that they get this opportunity, I think.”Wilkinson put her own stamp on the roster, choosing six new faces from the side that in Nicaragua.The Canada-Germany winner will face the Ghana-Mexico victor in the semifinal. Canada lost 2-1 to the Mexicans in the CONCACAF Championship semifinal in June.The Germans lost to Spain 2-0 in the European championship game but beat an American team that downed Canada 1-0 at the CONCACAF Championship.Germany’s Wiebke Willebrandt was the only goalkeeper to win player of the match honours in the first round. She received the award after blanking the U.S., which outshot Germany 26-13 (Germany had seven shots on target to the Americans’ five). The U.S. hit the woodwork three times, had eight corners to Germany’s one and had 56 per cent possession.Earlier, Germany downed North Korea 4-1 and lost 1-0 to Cameroon.Germany has won the European title four times since 2012 — and six times since 2008,Uruguay marks Canada’s sixth appearance at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.The Canadian women finished seventh in 2008 (New Zealand) and 2012 (Azerbaijan) and eighth in 2014 (Costa Rica). Canada was 10th in 2010 (Trinidad and Tobago) and ninth in 2016 (Jordan).Germany was third in 2008 and fourth in 2012.Canada tied Germany 1-1 and 2-2 when they met in pool play at the 2016 and 2014 tournaments. read more

Geekcom is hiring tech writers

first_imgGeek.com is looking to hire a few new writers. So if you love technology and want to get paid to write about it, this could be your chance.Ideal candidates will have technology writing experience, ideally in a professional environment, but we’re not ruling anyone out just yet. We’re looking for people who know their stuff, can write intelligently about a wide range of subjects (or very intelligently about a narrow range), and who can find a good story and quickly get a post up.We’re accepting people in all time zones at the moment but it’ll be a big plus if you’re in the San Francisco area. We’re also looking for people who can cover nights/evenings, as us East Coasters are calling it a night.AdChoices广告If you are interested please send an email to sal [at] geek [dot] com with the subject “New Writer”. You should include:links to previous tech news posts you’ve writtenyour areas of expertisebrief explanation of your experiencewhen and how much you’re interested in writingInclude a cover letter that convinces us you’d be a good writer for Geek.com.Incomplete applications will be deleted unless they somehow manage to blow our minds, so reread this post and make sure you cross those t’s and dot those i’s.last_img read more

Alerte météo orange 40 départements sous la neige

first_imgAlerte météo orange : 40 départements sous la neigeLa neige va continuer de tomber jusque dans la soirée et une grand partie de la moitié est du pays tombe sous le coup d’une alerte orange. En dehors de trois départements, l’ensemble du territoire métropolitain est concerné par une vigilance jaune ou une alerte orange (40 départements).40 départements sont placés sous alerte orange par Météo France à cause de la neige et du verglas. Les régions Franche-Comté, Ile-de-France, Nord-Pas-de-Calais et Picardie sont intégralement concernées. A cela il faut ajouter les départements suivants : Ain (01), Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04), Hautes-Alpes (05), Ardèche (07), Ardennes (08), Aveyron (12), Cantal (15), Corrèze (19), Côte-d’Or (21), Drôme (26), Gard (30), Hérault (34), Isère (38), Lozère (48), Marne (51), Haute-Marne (52), Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), Meuse (55), Rhône (69), Saône-et-Loire (71), Var (83), Vaucluse (84) et Vosges (88).À lire aussi(VIDÉO) Un radar détecte un nuage de coccinelles de 80 kilomètres de largeLa situation pourrait perdurer jusqu’à lundi soir 20h00. Les chutes de neiges vont augmenter cet après-midi sur l’Ile-de-France et atteindre en moyenne 1 à 3 cm. Des couches épaisse devraient recouvrir le Nord et la Champagne avec 5 à 10 cm en moyenne dans la soirée. En altitude, c’est le Massif-Central qui va remporter la palme à plus de 1000 mètres avec jusqu’à 30 cm dans la nuit de dimanche. La neige pourrait dépasser localement les dix centimètres dans la Drôme, l’Ardèche, la Lozère, les Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence et le Var.Soyez prudents sur les routes. Tous les autres départements sont en vigilance jaune à l’exception du Calvados (14), de la Manche (50) et de la Sarthe (72).Le 10 février 2013 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Stan Lee Legendary Marvel Comics CoCreator Dies at 95

first_img Stan Lee, Marvel Comics’ legendary editor, writer, and producer, has died at the age of 95.Lee, who took part in the creation and co-creation of famous Marvel superheroes including Black Panther, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and The Mighty Thor, died Monday morning in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A cause of death was not reported.Through his own work and frequent collaborations with Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and other artists, Lee turned Marvel from a small business into one of the world’s largest comic book and multimedia ventures.Kevin Fiege, Marvel Studios President, wrote on Twitter.No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans. #ThankYouStan #Excelsior!— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) November 12, 2018“I used to think what I did was not very important,” Lee told the Chicago Tribune in April 2014. “People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed.”THANK YOU..For your determination, imagination, hard work, and creativity..Your stories changed the world..Thank you for the memories,Stan Lee pic.twitter.com/snA0ruxzyZ— Marvel Universe (@77MCU) November 12, 2018Hollywood stars such as Chris Evans (Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) also shared tributes on social media.There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018 Stan Lee May Have New York City Street Named After HimArnold Schwarzenegger Lends Voice to ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ DC Comics, Marvel’s competitor, shared a statement regarding Lee’s death on Twitter.He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.— DC (@DCComics) November 12, 2018Lee is survived by his daughter, J.C., and his younger brother, Larry Lieber, another Marvel artist and writer.In a statement to TMZ, J.C. says “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”More on Geek.com: Stay on target Stan Lee’s Best CharactersThe Entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is Coming to IMAXDouglas Rain, the Eerie Voice of HAL 9000 in ‘2001,’ Dies at 90last_img read more

Three Yaks Contained After Reportedly Charging at Hiker

Three Yaks Contained After Reportedly Charging at Hiker

first_imgFollowing the charging incident, the yaks, which each had a tag, were captured with assistance from the West Springfield Police Department on July 25. They were safely returned to their owners and according to West Springfield Animal Control, are “happy to be home in their new secured pen.” The yak incident comes days after a charging bison tossed a 9-year-old girl into the air at Yellowstone National Park. It’s unclear why the animal tossed her into the air, however, Yellowstone’s safety guidelines say, “always stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards away from all other animals, including bison and elk.”More on Geek.com:Watch: Charging Bison Tosses 9-Year-Old Girl Into Air at YellowstonePhotos: Venomous Snake Crashes Man’s Cicada Photo ShootWatch: Bear ‘Steals’ Entire Dumpster From Colorado Pot Shop Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ center_img Authorities have captured three yaks on the loose that escaped from their owner and reportedly charged at a hiker in Massachusetts.On Thursday, the West Springfield Animal Control took the three yaks into custody after many people called police officers and reported that the animals were running around the Bear Hole Reservoir, Fox News reported. Yesterday, a hiker noticed the yaks at approximately 8 p.m. EDT near the Bear Hole Dam, MassLive.com noted. The hiker was about 6 feet away from one of the yaks when it reportedly positioned itself to charge.last_img read more

Fallen War Servicemen Servicewomen Remembered in Jamaica

Fallen War Servicemen Servicewomen Remembered in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 11, 2017 – Kingston – The nation will, on Sunday, November 12, honour the memory of the fallen servicemen and servicewomen of World Wars I and II at the annual Remembrance Day ceremony, which will be held at National Heroes Park in Kingston.   Traditionally, Remembrance Day is observed on the second Sunday in November, and its primary purpose is to celebrate those who gave their service and ultimately their lives in the two world wars.On November 8, 1915, the first Jamaican contingent under the command of Major W.D. Neish was sent off to serve in the First World War.   Some 4,000 to 5,000 Jamaicans were involved in the two wars, some of whom served in the Royal Air Force while others joined the ground forces of the British Army and the Canadian Armed Forces.General Secretary of the Island Council for the Jamaica Legion, Lieutenant Colonel Desmond Clarke, one of the organisers of the event, tells JIS News that the day’s activities are worth celebrating by all Jamaicans, because these not only recognise servicemen and servicewomen who served during the world wars but those who died while on the battlefield, and offers motivation to servicemen and servicewomen who currently serve the nation.“We will have the traditional service with the laying of wreaths at National Heroes Park, and other activities in St. Thomas, Portland, St Ann’s Bay, Manchester and Montego Bay and Port Maria. We expect some veterans who have served to be present also,” Mr. Clarke says.Expected to lay wreaths at the National Heroes Park are the Governor-General,  Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Chief Justice, Mayor of Kingston, Chief of Defence Staff, Commissioner of Police, representatives from the Diplomatic Corps, the Commissioner of Corrections and Chairmen of the Jamaica Legion and the Royal Air Force.The public is being urged to show their support for the military men and women who are veterans and also those who gave their lives serving by attending the services in each parish. Some services will close with a parade of uniformed groups.Mr. Clarke tells JIS News that some 40 ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen are expected to attend the ceremony.Meanwhile, former soldier who fought in World War II as a Royal Air Force member, Mr. Stanley Atkinson, tells JIS News that he is pleased to know that Jamaica still remembers the contribution ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen made, although he will not be able to attend the ceremony on Sunday.“It’s good to know that we are still being recognised.   People keep reminding me, otherwise I would have forgotten it long ago,” Mr. Atkinson, who is 94 years of age, says.   He went to World War II with two of his brothers, one of whom he never saw again after the war ended.On the other hand, his neighbour, Retired Jamaica Defence Force Sergeant, Peter Williams, will be attending the Remembrance Day event to offer his support.“I am pleased to know that Jamaica still recognises the hard work and sacrifices that were made decades ago by those servicemen and servicewomen,” he tells JIS News.Mr. Williams is one of hundreds of persons who sell poppies through the annual National Poppy Appeal to raise funds to maintain Curphey Home in Newport, Manchester, which is a residential facility for indigent ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen, and assists with the welfare of other ex-servicemen across the island.Additionally, Curphey Home, which was founded in 1958, is the only establishment of its kind in Jamaica that provides food, clothing and nursing for ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen on a daily basis.“It is very important for Jamaicans to support the National Poppy Appeal. These ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen are in need, and it is only through our financial donations that they can be assisted,” Mr. Williams tells JIS News.By: Ainsworth Morris (JIS News)last_img read more

BJP mourns Sushmas death cadres pay tributes in Nalgonda

BJP mourns Sushmas death cadres pay tributes in Nalgonda

first_imgNalgonda/Yadadri-Bhongir: The Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and cadre in erstwhile Nalgonda district on Wednesday paid tributes to party senior leader and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who died on Tuesday late night.In meetings held at party district offices of Nalgonda and Yadadri-Bhongir districts, party district presidents Nukala Narsmha Reddy and PV Shyam Sunder along with other leaders paid floral tributes to the departed leader. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Both the district presidents, in their speech, remembered their association with Sushma Swaraj and the key role she played in formation of separate Telangana State. “She brought identity to the posts she held during her political career,” they said, adding she was an icon for women politicians in the country. A series of meetings were held to mourn the death of the BJP leader where saffron brigade recalled Swaraj’s services to the nation and its people.last_img read more

Disaster waiting to happen Google asks the internet to name Android N

first_imgGoogle is preparing a new version of Android to launch later this year, but it hasn’t decided on a name yet. Each version of the world’s most popular OS gets a code name, which is always a sweet treat that comes next in the alphabet. Google is up to N this year, and it’s asking the internet to help it decide. There’s definitely no way this could go wrong.The name of the new OS (and version number) is always kept secret until the final release. Google usually unveils the name with a giant Android statue on the lawn of Building 44 on the Google campus where the Android team is based. Past releases have been called Cupcake (1.5), Gingerbread (2.3), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), KitKat (4.4), and most recently Marshmallow (6.0). With N up next, Google has had a hard time deciding — there are admittedly fewer choices than with other letters.Android N is currently available as a developer preview for Nexus devices. It includes an improved app runtime, better power management, fast app switching, and multi-window mode. If you think you have a good idea for a sweet that starts with N, you can head over to Google’s naming page and submit it. This isn’t going to be another Boaty McBoatface incident. Google reserves the right to use the suggestions to pick a name of its choosing, but it’s not a straight vote. The video above offers some examples of poor naming. Don’t submit any of those.While Google did enter into the arrangement with Hershey/Nestlé for the KitKat name, it’s not likely they’d do the same again on the strength of recommendations. Still, Nutella might be cool, and who doesn’t like Nutella? The company is also rumored to be calling the OS New York Cheesecake internally, but the internal names aren’t usually used after release. For example, KitKat was called Key Lime Pie prior to release.last_img read more